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Ánimas (2018)

TV-MA | | Horror, Thriller | 25 January 2019 (USA)
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This time, horror comes fron the other side.

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Laura Alvea, José Ortuño (as Jose F. Ortuño)

Writers:

Laura Alvea, José Ortuño (as Jose F. Ortuño)
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Credited cast:
Ángela Molina ... Karla Berger
Luis Bermejo ... Daniel
Chacha Huang ... Anchi
Liz Lobato ... Laura
Clare Durant Clare Durant ... Álex
Iván Pellicer Iván Pellicer ... Abraham
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A five year old boy, chronically abused by his father, develops dissociative disorder and a separate identity as a coping mechanism. As a young adult in psychotherapy, he realizes Alex's role in his life and suspects her (himself) of killing his father. His savior and only friend become a nightmare he battles to rid himself of. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Horror | Thriller

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Based upon the novel Animas by José Ortuño. See more »

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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

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Those who survive the first 60 minutes of boredom, confusion and a complete mess will be generously rewarded by the conclusion.
29 January 2019 | by nitzanhavocSee all my reviews

This is one of those times in which I find myself lacking for words. I don't condone including spoilers in reviews, not even for the sake of a much required debate and discussion. I personally find Animas to be original and innovative, even groundbreaking in its take on teenage angst while coping with mental illnesses. It's the sort of films whith an effect one couldn't possibly grasp without watching it, beginning to end. Due to this very reason, it's almost impossible to give a fair spoiler-free review, as in such films any piece of information constitutes a potential spoiler.

The story revolves around the relationship of Abraham (Ivan Pellicer), nicknamed Bram in what I believe is a homage to the great author of Dracula, and his best friend Alex (Clare Durant). Having met as kids 10 years earlier - they now try to come to terms with high-school graduation as two stereotypical "Goths" dealing with anxiety and depression. It is also quite bluntly implied that Alex might want more than friendship, as she finds it very difficult to accept Abraham's new (and first) romantic relationship.

Simultaneously, a completely different plot takes place, one that is under the surface and is initially described solely by Alex's close encounter with a certain stalking figure, displaying what could be perceived as supernatural qualities. The truth of what happens is only revealed towards the end in quite a stunning plot twist, but not towards the very end, so the characters still have time to conclude the affairs while still leaving plenty of loose ends for a completely open ending.

The acting is superb, especially considering I believe none of you have ever even heard the main cast's names. Everything is right on the spot and these two should have a bright acting future ahead. The cinematography is exquisite, utilizing effects and angles in a manner which really enhances certain otherwise average scenes. Even the soundtrack fits like a glove and is utilized professionally and impressively.

The problem? The first hour or so is spent in utter confusion which leads to boredom. I had to struggle with myself to keep watching and have actually watched it over the course of two days (during two viewing sessions). The sheer mess of things does indeed serve to create a much more impactful effect once things do fall into place and become clear - but I can't help but think the price is too high. There had to have been a way to write a more compelling build up while still maintaining the plot twist's impact. Honestly, I'm certain this is the main cause for yet another film getting such unfair rates and reviews. Additionally, while Animas is an exquisite psychological thriller - it isn't a Horror film, and quite frankly I'm getting quite fed up with all these deliberately misleading tags and trailers. This isn't Horror, why present it as such?

All in all, the first hour feels terrible and like a waste of time, while the rest of the film turns the entire final product into a masterpiece, if one only allows themselves to forgive the first part and be dazzled by the sheer genius conclusion. I don't know if I can wholeheartedly recommend it in general, as I'm sure many out there would not find the overall experience rewarding. At all. From my part - I'm grateful to my curiosity for keeping me onboard so I could have my mind blown, even if it took a lot of effort.


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Spain | Belgium

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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